Under the UNESCO Korean Funds-In-Trust ICT Transforming Education in Africa project, UNESCO is supporting the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) to facilitate the development, collection and dissemination of free-to-use, quality-assured curriculum resources to be accessed by educators and learners through online platforms.
As part of the pre-implementation activities for the project, UNESCO in collaboration with CENDLOS held a two-day orientation workshop on the Open Education Resource (OER) repository platform from 1st Marc 1 to 2, 2022 in Accra.
Participants were from selected stakeholder groups including Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra Technical University, Ghana Education Service, UNESCO, KNUST, UEW as well as the community of retired educationists.
The Executive Director of CENDLOS, Nana Gyamfi Adwabour took participants through the need to infuse technology in Education, especially in the era of Covid-19.
He explained that OER educational materials come in the form of text, videos, images and presentations.
“The materials are for the purposes teaching, learning, research and assessment and will be accessible and free for all. OER promotes easy circulation of teaching and learning resources and activities, and provides a platform for students to showcase their creativity”, he added.
Mr. Adwabour stated that in order to build capacity for the adoption and mainstreaming of OER in Ghana, teachers will be trained in the usage of the platform in order to empower them to serve as coaches for their students.
The representative of UNESCO, Mr. Eric Balangtaa on his part said the aim of the workshop was to sensitize stakeholders about Open Educational Resources as an opportunity to complement national initiatives for quality teaching and learning delivery in Ghana.
He added that there would be ongoing engagements with all relevant stakeholders to onboard their inputs and ensure optimum utilization of the OER platform once deployed.